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The Bland of Confusion

Histories and mysteries of the age. Towards a Cultural History of Plexiglass, in all our lives these days. For many, it never went away: ‘But in particular “fringe” businesses in contested neighborhoods, plexi refracts different politics and subjectivities; it marks … Continue reading

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Art, architecture and tech

Art and architecture today. 43 Illustrated Homes Celebrate the Work of Paul R. Williams in California / Mountain View house by CAN Architects / ‘What’s Up With That Pig Couch? Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Internet’s Latest … Continue reading

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La Gloire de la France

with the Atlas des Régions Naturelles, Eric Tabuchi and Nelly Monnier have created a beguiling portrait of modern France, in all its idiosyncracies. A warning, buy the publication and you only get a map. The imagery is on the project’s … Continue reading

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Small snippets

This X Does Not Exist, aggregating machine learning’s contribution to stuff that ever so slightly just isn’t real. We like the automobiles / the Record Deal Simulator at Pitchfork (via tmn) / Gwen Sion creates experimental soundscapes / more music … Continue reading

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Off world

Brunel Manor was originally owned and designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel / compare and contrast with an especially cursed house / the hidden world of air crew rest areas / the HC-TT, a ‘human controlled tape transport’. Demo Video. A … Continue reading

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Byte dance

A short history of Flash & the forgotten Flash Website movement (via MeFi) / a review, nay, teardown of the new Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War / ‘Why Is The Obscure B-Side “Harness Your Hopes” Pavement’s Top Song … Continue reading

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The good, the bad and the ‘ugly’

What does 4.3 million gigabytes look like? And how does mass data storage actually work? Presumably this sort of growth can’t scale for ever? / Little Alchemy 2, mix materials. See also Sandspiel / a couple of emulators: Visual Transistor-level … Continue reading

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Short and sweet

Have rogue orcas really been attacking boats in the Atlantic?. Maybe it’s time to just get a gigayacht. Seems like as good a place as anywhere to link to The 50th Anniversary of the Iconic Exploding Whale, also mentioned at … Continue reading

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Which time tunnel did you come through?

MeFi on a roll: Doctor Who Theme Music, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum (e.g. Retro Spectrum Gaming) and London’s Viewing Corridors / NASA presents Sinister Sounds of the Solar System / the interviews of Leta Powell Drake, accidental Partridge / a … Continue reading

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The long arm of the past

Blitzed cities still deprived 75 years after war. It shouldn’t be surprising that bombing a city has long-lasting effects but this study correlates WWII damage with high levels of contemporary child poverty rates. London was not included in the study. … Continue reading

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No, over there!

More determined distractions. Buy anonymous artwork from a A Letter in Mind / atrocity exhibition, probably out of date already / if you’re lucky you’ll find a Tubman 20 / photographs by Thomas Jorion / retro sounds from High Score … Continue reading

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Look over there!

Mostly distractions today, starting with art and more collated by Csáki László, who also took these images of ‘Tincity‘, observing the ‘life of the inhabitants of an anachronistic microcommunity in a central district of Miskolc, a mid-sized city in Hungary’ … Continue reading

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Drive-by looting

Is it too late to save LACMA? We know LA loves sprawl, but this seems ridiculous: “FACT: The museum has consistently maintained that visitors lose interest when confronted by a staircase. Bald lie: Visit the Louvre, the National Gallery, the … Continue reading

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Astral projections and space age sounds

Never Meet Your Idols, a podcast about music / GENKS, an IDLES youtube series on pedal fetishism / this interview with Wesley Snipes introduced us to the world of Dr Fred Bell’s Quantum Series Professional Receptors (”the most functional jewelry … Continue reading

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The Colour out of Space

John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”, animated by artist Michal Levy who has synesthesia. At Aeon, via tmn, who also point us to Ghost Stories of Tripadvisor, ‘a dreadful directory of hotel hauntings’ / retro news: the Super Mario Game & Watch; … Continue reading

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On the spectral plane

How we made Ghostwatch. The show itself is all up there on YouTube, in bits and chunks, but searching for this kind of thing sends the site’s hyperbolist and tabloid-minded algorithm into absolute overdrive, so venture in at your own … Continue reading

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Mine craft

The Pennsylvania Mine Map Atlas / sort of related, Muir Way’s vintage relief series of maps (via This Isn’t Happiness) / music, Dear Humans, by Elephant Gym / Boat House By WE Architecture / The Glove, live on “Riverside”, October … Continue reading

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Keep on running

The Edit – Adjaye Associates. Photographer Ed Reeve on his 25 year collaboration with the 2021 RIBA Gold Medal winner, Sir David Adjaye / Japanese artist Kitao Masayoshi (1764-1824), thanks to WeirdLandTV for the pointer / time to give up … Continue reading

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All over the place, part 72

Designs of the year, at London’s Design Museum / a Hawkwind reappraisal, of sorts. Extensive information available at the Prog Archives / sort of related, join a global flock of ‘Electric Sheep‘ / Angels and Errors: How the Harrow & … Continue reading

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Glass cases, stones

The world’s greatest unsung museums / webcam fun (not that kind): do I look weird? adds a time delay so you can see what you look like in the immediate past; How normal am I?

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